Governance

Board of directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the direction and oversight of Open Universities Australia. Read more about the OUA Board of Directors.

Professor Bruce Dowton

Chairman & Nominee Director - Macquarie University

Professor Bruce Dowton is the Vice Chancellor of Macquarie University and was appointed to the position in 2012. He is a paediatrician, clinical geneticist, molecular biologist, researcher and academic, and has served as a senior medical executive at a range of universities, healthcare institutions and consulting organisations. 

Professor Dowton was awarded the degrees of Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (with Honours) in 1980 from the University of Sydney. He completed his postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Medical Centre, Boston, where he held clinical and research fellowships in paediatrics and cell biology. He also holds a doctorate of medicine for his work in cell biology from the University of Sydney.

Between 1985 and 1998, he held a number of positions at the Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis, Missouri USA. In 1993 he was appointed Associate Dean for Medical Education and in 1996 he became Associate Vice Chancellor and led many significant developments in educational programs for medical students, graduate medical education and continuing medical education programs.

From 1998 to 2005 Professor Dowton served as Dean of the University of New South Wales Medical School in Sydney where he implemented new educational programs, strengthened graduate student education and developed strong ties with the health system.

In 2001 Professor Dowton, at the invitation of the NSW Health Minister, established and chaired the Medical Education and Training Council. From 2002 to 2004 he was chair of the Committee of Deans of Australian Medical Schools (CDAMS) and led a major organisational repositioning to ensure CDAMS emerged as the peak body representing medical schools in Australia.

Returning to Boston in 2007, Professor Dowton held a variety of leadership roles at Harvard Medical International and Partners Harvard Medical International between 2007 and 2012, most notably as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

He has published articles on a wide range of topics in peer-reviewed academic publications, and has held Visiting Professorial and External Examiner appointments at several universities including the University of Edinburgh, Columbia University in New York, the University of TromsØ in Norway, Hong Kong University, as well as institutions in the People's Republic of China.

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Professor Belinda Tynan

Nominee Director - RMIT University

In May 2016 Professor Tynan assumed the role of Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) and Vice President of RMIT University.

Prior to joining RMIT, Professor Tynan was the Pro Vice Chancellor of Learning and Teaching Innovation at The Open University, UK. She provided executive leadership in the areas of learning and teaching innovation. Professor Tynan's previous roles have included Pro Vice-Chancellor Learning, Teaching and Quality at the University of Southern Queensland, and Director DEHub, the research centre at the University of New England.

Professor Tynan holds an EdD from the University of Western Australia, a MEd in Online Education from the University of Southern Queensland, and Post Graduate Diplomas in Secondary Education (ACU), Curriculum (UniMelb) and Higher Education (UNSW). Her Bachelor of Arts was completed at the University of Melbourne in history, music and drama.

Professor Tynan's research interests are concentrated in the field of educational technologies, academic workload, student voices and academic professional development. She has 70+ refereed publications and is a frequently invited guest, keynote-speaker and facilitator. You can find her work on www.researchgate.net. You can also follow Professor Tynan on Twitter.

Professor Tynan has more than thirty years of experience in the education sector in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. She is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the European Distance Education Network.

Professor Tynan has also held a number of International and National Leadership roles. She is on the editorial board of two major journals, until recently a non-executive director of the Executive Committee of the European Distance Education Network (EDEN) and FutureLearn (UK), and on the board of the Menzies Centre at Kings College, London. She additionally holds a two year appointment as a member of the Polytechnic Quality Assurance Framework (PQAF) External Review Panel for the Ministry of Education, Singapore.

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Mr David Menarry

Nominee Director - Curtin University

David has been Curtin University's Chief Financial Officer since 2004. Curtin is Western Australia’s largest university, with over 60,000 students locally and internationally, assets of $1.5 billion and annual revenues of approximately $900 million.

With Australia's third largest international student population, Curtin also has campuses in Sydney, Malaysia and Singapore and conducts face-to-face teaching in eleven countries. David has been instrumental in significantly improving the University’s financial position through strategic financial leadership and rigorous financial management, enabling substantial improvements in research and teaching outcomes.

David leads a team of over 110 staff with broad responsibilities and has proven change management and process improvement skills. David also has extensive corporate experience including financial advice, due diligence, stock exchange reporting on many multi-million dollar listings and acquisitions, risk management, corporate finance, and audit (assurance) in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

David is a Fellow of the Institutes of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David has held a number of Board and community-based roles over the last 10 years.

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Mr David Pitt

Nominee Director - Monash University

Member - Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

David Pitt is the Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Monash University. He manages the finances, business strategy, major projects and investments of the domestic and international operations of the university.

David joined Monash in 2005, having previously held senior positions at Telstra in the areas of research, engineering, human resources, finance, Pay TV, superannuation and offshore entities.

David holds a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) with majors in Pure Mathematics and Statistics, a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Melbourne and also an MBA from RMIT. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

David is a member of University and Faculty foundations and takes a keen interest in the educational and research directions of Monash. He is also a board member of Monash University's South African, Malaysian, Chinese and Indian operations and also of domestic operations including Monash Investment Holdings, Monash College, Monash Accommodation Services and is Monash's board representative on Melbourne Opera.

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Professor  Ian O'Connor

Nominee Director - Griffith University

Professor Ian O'Connor became the Vice Chancellor and President of Griffith University in January 2005, taking the helm of one of Australia's largest and most innovative tertiary institutions.

Following completion of degrees of Bachelor of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Queensland, he held various academic appointments there including President of the Academic Board before moving to Griffith.

Professor O'Connor is widely published in the field of juvenile justice, child welfare and the future directions of social work and the human services. During his academic career he held visiting fellowships at the United Nations and Asia Far East Institute, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Professor O'Connor is Chair of the Advancing Quality in Higher Education Reference Group. He is a board member of Open Universities of Australia; the Australia and New Zealand School of Government and the Foundation for Australian Studies in China and is a Board member of Universities Australia.

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Mr Paul Beard

Nominee Director - University of South Australia

Chair - Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

Paul Beard is Chief Operating Officer at the University of South Australia with responsibility for finance, facilities, IT and Library. Paul has been a member of the UniSA senior executive since 2001 and prior to that he held senior finance roles in both the private and public sector. Paul is a Chartered Accountant and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2007.

From 1996 to 2001 he worked in the electricity industry in South Australia, during a period of significant organizational and industry change, in roles including Chief Financial Officer of ETSA Power and Manager Finance with the new private sector owner, AGL.

Prior to that Paul worked as a Senior Manager with Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Adelaide and the United Kingdom, and worked in a senior finance position with Vision Systems, a publicly listed technology company in Adelaide.

Paul is a Director of ITEK Ventures Pty Ltd, James Morrison Academy of Music Pty Ltd, Interact Learning Pty Ltd and e3 Learning Solutions Pty Ltd.

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Mr  Stephen Beall

Nominee Director - Swinburne University of Technology

Member, Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

Stephen Beall was appointed Vice-President (Student & Corporate Services) Swinburne University of Technology in 2007, prior to this Stephen held the position of Vice-President (Resources).

Stephen is responsible for all aspects of the university's resources management as well as services that support university operations and student services. Other responsibilities include corporate governance for the University. As a member of the senior management team the Vice President (Student & Corporate Services) works collaboratively in order to establish clear corporate goals for the University and then initiate, plan and manage student and corporate service strategies required to achieve those goals.

Stephen has extensive management experience, he has been with the University since 1996 having held the position of Director (Human Resources) and Director (Facilities & Services). Along with previous executive roles held at Australia Post in the areas of employee relations, workers compensation, occupational health & safety and business development.

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